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    Default REVIEW: Carlton Powerblade 9909

    Carlton Powerblade 9909 Review

    Kwun Han - badmintoncentral.com

    Carlton sent me a few rackets to be review a while ago. I finally gotten round to stringing up the Powerblade 9909 and did some long term testing and review. The design of the racket is not traditional Carlton. in fact, quite the opposite. it is - long racket - slight Isometric head - long carbon handle About the only thing that bears the Carlton tradition is the relatively flat taper at the end of the handle. However, what is unique about the PB9909 is the shaft. the shaft bears the special label "shaft by Mitsubishi Rayon, Japan". Mitsubishi Rayon is more famously known for their golf shafts. and it will be interesting to see how golf technology will affect the play of this racket. The racket is "Ti-wire reinforced" throughout the shaft and head, as well as utilizing Nano-resin for the graphite composite. The design is quite pleasing, a blue dominant color scheme with silver and gray highlights. utilizing sharper color transition and gold accents gives a good departure from smooth Yonexians design. kudos to Carlton for striving to be original and separates itself from the el-cheapo amateur Chinese graphics design as well as not joining other manufacturers in cloning popular Yonex graphics and naming. the result is a fresh looking and unique racket that is actually quite attractive. The PB9909 is a 4U racket with an advertised weight of 78g. max tension of 28lbs. balance point at 300-305mm. I had it strung up with Carlton AG66 string (gotta match it up with Carlton strings!), one piece stringing @ 25lbs. I spent a full 4 hours testing out this racket in the gym. After a few minutes of warming up, the racket and new strings has started to break in and loses the initial vibration feel. and i myself starting to accustom to its character.

    I was surprised at the solid feel of the PB9909 despite the 78g weight. in fact, it feels like a 2U racket. the racket is very stable, the racket head held its direction even with off center impact with the shuttlecocks.

    The shaft is stiff, lively, it will reward anyone with lots of power in their technique. it does means that it probably won't suit anyone without a solid foundation with their hitting skills. look to the lower end models which we will review in the future. however, if you have that power in you, the Carlton PB9909 is a joy to use. in fact, the harder you hit, the more rewarding it is. when impacting the sweetspot at power, it gives out a very deep "bam" sound, but when hit at even higher power, BOOM, and explode into the shuttle.

    drives are fast and snappy, even though rather maneuverable, the directional response was a bit different than previous rackets i have used and timing has to be adjusted. lots of spin can be induced on drive or smash drive return. control is precise.

    initially, i didn't have any extra overgrip on hand and had to make do with the factory grip. surprisingly, it was quite adequate in terms of grip. however, i also noticed that the underlayer of the factory grip was too soft and was allowing some sliding movements which i do not like. later on in the testing period i have replaced the grip.

    the liveliness of the shaft really shines when it comes to defense. remarkably, i compared it with many other rackets i have, this racket gave the most effortless defense, a small flick will drive the shuttle back deep and far.

    now, the bad. touch and feel of the racket is only mediocore. i personally prefer rackets that don't damp out most of the vibration and the vibration is a feedback. the PB9909 unfortunately damps out a little bit too much of the feedback. as a result, i have more trouble with it doing delicate pushes and netshots. the feedback feels a bit hollow. eventually one gets used to it.

    overall, i think Carlton has come up with a excellent racket that is suitable for strong intermediate to advanced player.

    thank you to Carlton Asia for sending the racket sample.

    if any manufacturer wants to send samples for review, please contact us: info@badmintoncentral.com

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    almost 2 years waited.
    nevertheless, thanks to kwun for the review.
    is it 78g or 2U?

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    any pics?..............

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    some specs from the shaft:

    weight: 78g
    balance: 300-305mm
    max tension: 28lb

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    Default Here they are..

    Quote Originally Posted by cooler View Post
    any pics?..............
    ..kwun's Carlton beauties..
    http://www.badmintoncentral.com/foru...ad.php?t=48059
    ..check out the one in the middle, all decked out in blue-ish, a bit of gold-ish and silver-ish colors..

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    aside from the ones that ctjcad pointed out, here is only one that i took:
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    as you can see, there are 5 Carlton rackets.

    unfortunately, the younger brother of the PB9909, the PB9902, died prematurely. so i won't be writing a review for that. i will post review of the other ones when appropriate.

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    What happened? I feel so sad of your lost .

    Quote Originally Posted by kwun View Post
    as you can see, there are 5 Carlton rackets.

    unfortunately, the younger brother of the PB9909, the PB9902, died prematurely. so i won't be writing a review for that. i will post review of the other ones when appropriate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwun View Post
    as you can see, there are 5 Carlton rackets.

    unfortunately, the younger brother of the PB9909, the PB9902, died prematurely. so i won't be writing a review for that. i will post review of the other ones when appropriate.
    ..an accidental or unnatural or natural death??..

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwun View Post
    as you can see, there are 5 Carlton rackets.

    unfortunately, the younger brother of the PB9909, the PB9902, died prematurely. so i won't be writing a review for that. i will post review of the other ones when appropriate.
    lmao. died prematurely?

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    Kwun, I wonder if there are different version of PB9909.

    The one I have, it states 85gm and 280 - 290mm bp on the shaft and max tension of 30lbs.

    The design and color is the same as yours.

    I did not weigh it but definitely the bp is 28xmm as I measured it.

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    So wait is this a review of a 2 year old model or am i getting it wrong? Thanks for a well written review though

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctjcad View Post
    ..an accidental or unnatural or natural death??..
    natural death, the PB9902 frame cracked without any collisions. very strange.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dubber View Post
    So wait is this a review of a 2 year old model or am i getting it wrong? Thanks for a well written review though
    a bit more than a year. still a good model IMHO.

    however, given that this is Carlton, it is a model that is probably only available in Asia. they have different models for the US and different ones for Europe.

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    When I 1st got the PB9909, I find it hard to generate power, maybe it is because it is head light. I stop using it for quite a while and recently took it out again for a tour of duty and this time round, I find it pretty good in smashes !

    One thing for certain, the PB9909 has always been really good in defence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teoky View Post
    Kwun, I wonder if there are different version of PB9909.

    The one I have, it states 85gm and 280 - 290mm bp on the shaft and max tension of 30lbs.

    The design and color is the same as yours.

    I did not weigh it but definitely the bp is 28xmm as I measured it.
    maybe like yonex they have different weight grades?

    i think a heavier version will be even nicer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwun View Post
    natural death, the PB9902 frame cracked without any collisions. very strange.
    do you have warranty on your racket?

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